Support

In-depth support for local authorities preparing to bid

All social housing providers in England can access support through the online Knowledge Hub and a series of briefing events. In addition to this, local authorities preparing to lead a bid to the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) can get tailored one-to-one support. This will provide development input on the bid itself from technical and bid-writing specialists. Support will be allocated based on the scale of the bid and your specific needs.

When accessing one-to-one support, we will work with you to develop your own bespoke support plan, drawing on a menu of options:

  • Technical support – access to technical housing specialists to help develop the bid including:
    • Identifying retrofit interventions (stock analysis)
    • Establishing the project team and resources
    • Securing senior level buy-in
    • Consortium forming
    • Capacity building for retrofit skills
    • Devising a monitoring and evaluation strategy
    • Engaging occupants
    • Achieving planning permission and consents


  • Bid preparation support – specialist assistance to prepare and review the bid including:
    • Identifying bid team skills gaps/needs
    • Preparation of a bid plan
    • Completion of bid content
    • Bid review

Are you eligible for one-to-one support?

Local authorities in a position to lead a bid into the next round of the SHDF are eligible for one-to-one support. You will need to complete a self-assessment if you want to access one-to-one support from us.

Your readiness to bid into the next round of the SHDF will be determined from the self-assessment process and an initial support call with our team.

Are you eligible for one-to-one support?
How much support can you receive?

How much support can you receive?

To start, you will receive two days of free support to help you to review your self-assessment, establish a plan and identify the resources you need to prepare a successful bid. This stage will also include defining the scope for further help from us.

For those that are ready to bid, an additional 5-15 days of support will be available. The number of one-to-one support days allocated to projects will be decided based upon the bid size and value, complexity and support your specific needs.

Can you still receive support even if you aren’t ready to bid for the next round of SHDF?

Yes.

We would encourage you to use the self-assessment as an early indicator of where you might need support, even if you aren’t yet ready to bid the next round of SHDF. You can then access support on a range of technical and bid management topics which will be available through the Knowledge Hub on our website.

If the self-assessment identifies that you are preparing for future rounds of funding, subject to this being made available by government, we will contact you with an initial call to discuss your current status and follow-up for further support once the window for the next round of funding has closed.

Can you still receive support even if you aren’t ready to bid for the next round of SHDF?

Do you need more information?

If you have any questions about the support available, you can contact us here

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